Can you pass the GED?

Beginning next year, the GED high school equivalency test will fundamentally change. Test takers will be required to take the tests online, the test will add a computer literacy component and the cost will increase to $120.

The changes prompted us to wonder: If you had to take the GED could you pass?

Here are a sampling of questions taken from the current test practice test, provided by GED Testing Service, and from Petersons.

Click here to read about the overhaul to GED testing.


Sample Social Studies Questions


Directions: Choose the one best answer to each question.

Questions 1 and 2 are based on the following information.

The history of the world is filled with stories of people migrating. Migration is the movement of people from one place to another as they seek a new home. Famine, overpopulation, limited resources, war, and religious and political persecution "push" immigrants to move to another country. Hopes for employment and a better life "pull" immigrants to new places.

Millions have migrated to North America since the 1600s. Spanish, French, English, and Dutch immigrants were the first European settlers to establish permanent colonies. They settled in lands originally populated by people from Asia. Many people from Africa were driven from their homes at this time to be enslaved to work in colonies in the Americas.

Throughout the 1800s, immigrants looking for employment came to North America from Japan, China, and southeastern Europe. In the 1970s and 1980s, Southeast Asians, Latin Americans, and Caribbeans migrated to North America. Many of these immigrants fled from war-torn countries, political persecution, and economic difficulties.


Question 1: The government of a country may restrict the number of immigrants allowed to enter that country. These restrictions on immigration are most likely based on what belief?

1. An economy can support unlimited numbers of people.

2. The "push" factors justify most immigration.

3. Immigrants enrich the culture of a country.

4. A country has a limited number of jobs and services.

5. A government should not interfere with the migration of people.

Question 2: Based on the information, which is an opinion rather than a fact about immigrants to North America? Immigrants…

1. traveled long distances to find a better life

2. migrated to find employment

3. learned to live in a foreign culture

4. escaped from political persecution

5. found a better life